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As I wrote in a previous entry, Colombia's interest in FARC is waning. In turn, Venezuela is catching the attention of Colombians, as talk about war against that country has intensified this year.
In order to show this, I looked at the number of articles that appeared in Eltiempo.com (El Tiempo is Colombia's leading newspaper) that contained the words 'FARC' and 'Venezuela', between the year 2000 and 2009. As El Tiempo has printed many more articles in recent years, I divided the number of articles containing the words 'FARC' and 'Venezuela' by the number of articles that contained the word 'país'(country), which I assumed to remain fairly constant throughout the years.
The graph below, then, shows the number articles containing these two words as a proportion of the articles containing the word 'país' in El Tiempo. The graph shows that Venezuela has become a more important topic of Colombian news than the FARC, which, in turn, has fallen outside of the news spotlight in 2009.
The graph also shows the number of articles containing the word 'paramilitares', proving that the paramilitary groups have always been featured less in El Tiempo than either FARC or Venezuela.